December 2017

Quality Survey Reminder

A short survey regarding quality in the early childhood education sector is currently underway.

Nutritious choices for ECE services

FeedAustralia is a not-for-profit program, developed in collaboration with Hunter New England Health, which provides a free menu planning tool.

Service approval requirements reminder

The department is the Regulatory Authority responsible for assessing individuals or organisations seeking to own and/or operate an ECE service in NSW.

Start Strong Pathways open

Start Strong Pathways has been developed to help support the early learning needs of young children by offering families a pathway into ECE.

New vaccination requirements in NSW

Children who have not been immunised due to their parent’s vaccine conscientious objection cannot be enrolled in childcare.

Preschool kids in OSHC – guideline

The department has published a new Guideline for supporting preschool age children in OSHC, in response to increased requests for information.

Spotlight – KU Ourimbah

We spoke to KU Ourimbah, the ‘Forest School’, located on the NSW Central Coast, about what makes their service ‘Excellent’.

‘It Makes You Think’ with Jay Laga’aia

The It Makes You Think’ campaign was developed by the Department of Education to provide information directly to parents

Sector Consultations wrap up for 2017

Staff from the directorate are reflecting on how much they enjoyed meeting with sector representatives who were able to attend.

Ngroo ‘Walking Together’ program

In the spirit of fostering inclusive and culturally appropriate best practice, DoE has partnered with Ngroo to provide the Walking Together program.

Quality Improvement Plan Template

NSW has updated its Quality Improvement Plan template to reflect changes to the National Quality Standard that will commence on 1 February 2018.

24-hour movement guidelines launched

Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt has launched the 24 Hour Movement Guidelines for the Early Years, based on similar guidelines developed in Canada.

Launch of Regional and Remote Strategy

Following extensive consultations with the sector, the department has launched the Regional and Remote Early Childhood Education Strategy.

Bushfire season is underway

With the bushfire season beginning from October, ECE services must consider their preparedness for an emergency, as well as evacuation procedures.

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